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polyhistor

[pol-ee-his-ter]
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noun
  1. a person of great and varied learning.
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Also pol·y·his·to·ri·an [pol-ee-hi-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr-] /ˌpɒl i hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-/.

Origin of polyhistor

1565–75; < Latin polyhistōr < Greek polyístōr very learned. See poly-, history
Related formspol·y·his·tor·ic [pol-ee-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] /ˌpɒl i hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-/, adjectivepol·y·his·to·ry, noun
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Word Origin and History for polyhistor

n.

"very learned person," 1580s, from Greek polyhistor "very learned," from poly "much, many" (see poly-) + histor "knowing, learned" (see history).

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